Ford, once again, used their Fiesta platform to introduce their latest evolution in technology. This time round it’s not a new design language, but an award winning new engine.
Winner of the 2012 International Engine of the Year award, the new Ford EcoBoost 1.0 liter turbo direct-injection engine provides up to 20% better fuel economy without sacrificing power, producing and astonishing 92Kw and 170Nm of torque from it’s 3 cylinders. With an engine block made from cast iron instead of aluminum, the Ecoboost engine allows up to 50% faster engine warmup times, which translates into reduced engine wear. This, of course, at the expense of some additional weight. To further aid the Ecoboost’s warmup times, the exhaust manifold is no longer a bolt-on, but is cast into the cylinder head. Due to 3 cylinder engines naturally running somewhat unbalanced, Ford also redesigned the flywheel to provide counter balance resulting in a very smooth running engine.
Ford managed to pack all this into an engine block the size of an A4 sheet of paper. This is an astonishing feat by the Ford engineers and truly worthy of the “Engine of the Year” title.
Many would question the reliability of such a small high-performance engine, but Ford is standing behind their new technology with a 4yr / 120 000km warranty, giving even the most doubtful buyer peace of mind.